Slate has developed a semi-objective measure for politicians’ vanity they call the Vanity Index, and they’ve applied it to the members of the Senate. Their methodology is based on the photos and awards that they have on their office wall, with extra credit awarded for photos with celebrities. Obviously it’s not perfect, but I think the results tell us something.
The #1 most vain senator? The famously arrogant blue-blood John Kerry (D-MA), of course. How could it be anyone else? Kerry scored significantly higher than the second-place finisher, the soon-to-be-unemployed Arlen Specter (D-PA). Rounding out the top five are Jim Bunning (R-KY) (as a Hall of Fame baseball player, this is not very surprising), the late Robert Byrd (D-WV), and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT).
“It’s absurd. We’ve lost our minds,” Kerry said. “We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.”
This quote is vintage John Kerry. All of us disgusted with the Democrats, we are the lowest common denominator, the cheap seats. We know nothing.
And for some reason we didn’t elect that guy president. Imagine that.